Delicious, sweet and bursting with maple and vanilla flavor. These vegan cupcakes are everything you want in a cupcake! They are also nut-free so it is allergy friendly for the kids who can't have nuts.
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: maple cupcakes, maple vanilla cupcakes, vegan cupcakes
Author: Brandi Doming
3cupsall purpose flour
1 1/2cupsorganic granulated white sugar
1teaspoonfine sea salt
3/4cuppure maple syrup
3/4cupgrapeseed oilfor a less fat version, you can use half applesauce and half oil
1 1/2cupsregular unsweetened "lite" coconut milk
1tablespoonlemon juice or apple cider vinegar
2tablespoonsMadagascar vanilla extractmakes an exceptional vanilla flavor
This makes a large batch of 2 dozen tall cupcakes or a Two Layer 9 inch cake.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two muffin pans with decorative paper liners or grease and line with parchment paper rounds in two 9 inch round cake pans. For a taller cake, use 8 inch pans.
Sift all the dry ingredients in a large bowl through a mesh strainer and whisk well.
In a small bowl, add the syrup, oil/applesauce, milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, slowly a little bit at a time and beat on low, just until combined. Do not overmix the batter or it can make the cake tough. Pour the batter into the lined muffin pans or cake pans.
Bake for 15-20 minutes for cupcakes and 20-25 minutes for cakes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let them cool in the pans for 15 minutes, then transfer the cupcakes onto cooling racks to completely cool before icing.
For the icing, I just added two 4 oz vegan buttery sticks (1 cup total) (room temperature) into a large metal bowl. I then added 2-3 cups of vegan powdered sugar and beat until fluffy and added more sugar until it reached a light, fluffy consistency. I then added some vanilla extract and a couple tablespoons of almond milk. Beat until light and fluffy.